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Motherwell is one of the largest towns in Lanarkshire, situated on the east side of the Clyde Valley and is 12 miles south east of Glasgow.

Motherwell's History

There were settlers in the area from a very early date and Motherwell's name comes from an ancient religious well, the Mother's Well, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Today its site is marked by a plaque in Ladywell Road.  

By the early half of the 19th century the area comprised small farming communities and the Jerviston House estate as well as a small hamlet called Motherwell.

When the railway arrived a wide range of heavy engineering companies were established, specialising in the production of munitions, bridge components and trams.

In 1959 work began on a vast new steelworks which was to become Ravenscraig, occupying much of the land to the north east of Motherwell. By the sixties, the iron industry in Motherwell was blooming and by the seventies, the various plants on the east side of Motherwell reached 13,000 people.

Today only the Dalzell Plate Mill remains of Motherwell's once thriving iron and steel industry, employing several hundred people rolling steel brought by train from Middlesborough into plate steel of various shapes and sizes.

The huge area once occupied by the Ravenscraig Steelworks has been steadily cleaned of industrial pollution and seems likely to end up being reused to provide a new regional centre, significantly expanding the Motherwell you see today.

Great Family Days Out in Motherwell

For an excellent exploration of Motherwell's rich history, the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre offers an interesting, educational and fun day out for the whole family. 

Climb the tower and get spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, and a birds eye view of Lanarkshire and beyond.

Nearby Strathclyde Country Park offers great activties for everyone, from watersports, cycle hire, or a scenic stroll along the many country walks to the exciting rides on offer at M&D's, Scotland's Theme Park.

So whether you're after history or exhiliaration in the outdoors, there's something for everyone at Motherwell.

Travel Information

M74 Junction 6

Excellent road and rail links from Glasgow and Edinburgh


Events in Motherwell

SantaSanta's Magical Wonderland BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A wonderful and magical day out for the whole family.
cinderellaCinderella Spillers Pantomimes and Motherwell Theatre present the Rags to Riches story
The Night of the ZombieCircus of Horrors The Night of the Zombie
69 shades of black69 Shades of Black Starring FAYE TOZER (from STEPS) as ‘Christina Black’
The FUREYSThe FUREYS Legends of Irish music & song
The Searchers live in concert!The Seachers John McNally, Frank Allen, Spencer James & Scott Ottaway... Don’t miss The Searchers live in...
Tfest LogoTfest 2015 Scotland's only Tribute Music Festival
M&D's on ICEM&D's on Ice Skate! Eat! Drink!
Cinderella at heritage centreDecenber fun at the heritage centre in Motherwell Stories of Cinderella exhibition, seasonal crafts and Saturday film
Cinderella at heritage centreDecenber fun at heritage centre in Motherwell Stories of Cinderella exhibition, seasonal crafts and Saturday film

Attractions in Motherwell

Amazonia Amazonia Amazonia is Scotland's largest indoor tropical rainforest located in Strathclyde Country Park...
Baron's Haugh Nuthatch Baron's Haugh Community nature reserve on the edge of Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.
Enjoy a walk around the estate Dalzell Estate Dalzell Estate is situated at the end of Dalzell Drive, close to Fir Park Football Stadium in...
The Duchess of Hamilton park Duchess of Hamilton Park This attractively landscaped park is a breath of fresh air set in the heart of Motherwell
Enjoy an exciting ride on the M&D's big wheel M&D's Theme Park For a great day out with children come along to M & Ds - Scotlands Theme Park in Strathclyde Park...
Cello Motherwell Concert Hall Motherwell Concert Hall is a large multi purpose arts and entertainments facility in Motherwell...
Motherwell Theatre Motherwell Theatre Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre is a large multi purpose arts and entertainments facility.
Enjoy a visit to Motherwell Heritage Centre, Lanarkshire North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre Formerly Motherwell Heritage Centre
Ravenscraig Athletics Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility Experience one of Scotland's largest sports facilities
Enjoy a great day out at Strathclyde Country Park Strathclyde Country Park Mature woodlands, wildlife refuges and neat open parkland, along with a variety of outdoor...
Strathclyde Park Ariel Strathclyde Park Watersports Centre Host venue for the sailing events and for the Games' spectacular...

Accommodation in Motherwell

Enjoy a deluxe room at AlonA Hotel AlonA Hotel The AlonA hotel lies on the banks of Strathclyde Loch, within the scenic grounds of Strathclyde...
Relax in the stylish guest rooms at Dakota Hotel Dakota Hotel The Dakota is an award winning hotel located at the modern Eurocentral Business Park, Motherwell.
Dalziel High School Dalziel High School International Children's Games team accommodation set in the heart of Motherwell
Dalziel Park Room Dalziel Park Hotel and Conference Centre The stylish Dalziel Park Hotel & Conference Centre lies in an idylic...
Holiday Inn Strathclyde exterior Holiday Inn Express- Strathclyde The Holiday Inn Express Strathclyde enjoys a great location. Close to...
Enjoy a great stay at the Moorings Hotel Moorings Hotel The Moorings Hotel resides within a 19th century house which has been refurbished to offer stylish...
Enjoy a warm welcome at Motherwell College Motherwell College Brand new purpose built quality campus accommodation, close to all amenities, with extensive on...
Dunbar Dr living Motherwell Dunbar Dr self catering Modern detached house provides luxurious and extensive accommodation...
Premier Inn Newhouse Premier Inn Motherwell Ideally situated on A8/M8 and A73 the Premier Inn at Newhouse Motherwell is perfectly located for...
Enjoy a visit to Motherwell Heritage Centre whilst staying at the Bentley Hotel The Bentley Hotel Lying between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Bentley Hotel enjoys a great location for visiting...